Part 2 of 3: Benefits of a Healthy Liver
Welcome to the second installment in my three part series on the Chinese Liver system. Here, I will go into detail on why you need a healthy liver system to preserve good health. I hope you enjoy and learn much!
A clean and healthy liver is of vital importance because the liver keeps the body clean inside, and keeps your energy consistent. The liver also burns fat as fuel for the body. Most people burn carbohydrate as their main source of fuel . The problem with burning carbohydrate as a fuel is that it leaves an acid residue in the body, throwing the body out of balance (see paragraph on ‘the acid-alkaline balance’ in my kidneys post). To stay in healthy balance, you need to burn fat as fuel. Fat as fuel is amazing because it is clean-burning (if you choose the right kinds) and is long-lasting. As a fat-burner, one meal will keep you energized for hours.
If you want to lose weight, your need to become a fat-burner. If your body is used to burning carbohydrates and sugars then it’s not going to burn fat when you run out of food. That’s why dieting – starving yourself, in other words – doesn’t work long term. 97% of dieters regain the weight they lose initially and often a bit more besides. They’re not dealing with the fundamental problem, which is excess toxicity in the liver. Fat is used by the body as a ‘safe’ storage area for toxicity. The toxins are released when that fat is burned, so the liver needs to be clean and able to deal with that toxicity. If your liver is overburdened and can’t cope with the extra workload, then your body will resist burning fat because it wants to keep those unprocessed toxins from causing you harm.
If your liver is clean and healthy, then when you run out of food, it will start to burn your body fat as fuel. If your liver is too overburdened to burn fat, it will just burn carbohydrate; first it goes for the carbohydrate stored in the muscles, then when that runs out it burns the glycogen stored in the liver. When that runs out, you feel faint and light-headed and want to reach for the nearest sugary snack or a stimulant like a cigarette. What you want is to strengthen and cleanse the liver so it can start burning fat for fuel.
Excess toxicity in the liver isn’t the only reason why people have problems losing weight but it’s certainly the main reason. Until it’s dealt with properly, there’s no way you’re going to be able to lose excess weight and keep it off. One of the other reasons is when your kidneys are out of balance and you become too acidic. Your body will store and hold on to that fat in order to contain that acidity. So if you are looking to lose weight, it is also a good idea to build the strength of the kidneys as well as the liver. That’s a recipe for guaranteed success!
If you have a strong healthy liver you will have high creativity. Not just in terms of artistic output but also in creating the life you want. A strong liver person will have joy and enthusiasm to experience new things, to go to new places, and meet new people. You will have consistent energy. You will also have a clear sense of your own boundaries and what is or isn’t right for you. You will be assertive and decisive. You will be able to say (and hear) no when appropriate.
When you begin drinking Taoist herbal teas and restoring your liver, you may have a particular desire for newness, which is related to the liver’s association with springtime. When you have a clean liver you will have clean blood so your skin will have a beautiful glow. You will be radiant with vibrant energy. People will ask you, ‘what’s happened? Where did you get such a healthy glow?’ You can tell them it is a healthy liver thanks to Lion Heart Herbs!
Look out for my last installment in this series; How to Heal your Liver.
Elwin is also the Founder of Complete Detox Academy, Taoist Health Academy, the Health Coaching Institute and High Energy Academy, as well as the author of 'the Easy Exhaustion Cure' and 'the 4 Step Safe and Effective Detox Action Plan'.
Elwin is highly Enthusiastic about empowering people to feel Energized, Joyful and Alive, Naturally and Sustainably, and has worked over 5 years with over 1000 clients towards this goal. Elwin is particularly passionate about working with clients who are highly committed to reaching high levels of Health, Energy and Wellbeing, by natural and sustainable means.
Elwin has always been interested in Health since childhood. With a mother who had cancer 4 times, and a father with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Elwin is determined to get to the Root Causes of what really creates Disease, and what it really takes to have Outstanding Health and Wellbeing. After suffering from Health Challenges all his life, Elwin became determined, in 2007, to 'Get his Energy back or Die Trying', and, with this level of Resolve, made rapid progress, after a few false starts, which led him naturally, organically, after many requests, to dedicate himself full time to helping others get the kind of Results that he had achieved.